2009-04-19to23 Blowering Reservoir map & treat Black Willows

Five day activity with students from Arden Anglican Secondary School, Arndell Anglican Secondary School, Abbotsleigh, Marion and William Clark College who are doing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award. The group of 10 Students, 1 teacher, 2 Adults, 2 River Guides and the activity co-coordinator had the goal of mapping the black willows on the southern section of the reservoir and treating any isolated or small clusters of black willows. Due to very strong southerly winds the group spent the first day walking south to Hume Crossing on the eastern bank treating willows and then back to camp at the Pines that evening. On the second day we drove the group to Old Yachting Point and after walking up along the Tumut River treating black willows we were prevented from walking down the western bank by a release of water by Snowy Hydro from Junipa Pondage. On the third day the wind reduced and we paddled across to the western shore to map the major infestations of black willows in Sandy Creek, Yellowin Creek and Cannon Bay camping near Cannon Bay on the third night. On the fourth day the group walked and paddled along the western bank to reach the point where the first group had reached on the four days previously. We then paddled back across to the Pines Camping ground. On the last day the group visited Yarrangobilly Caves and the thermal pool and did a river walk along the Yarrangobilly River to see some of the area of high conservation value being protected by their work around Blowering Reservoir.

Participants: Deb Joannides, Paul Stockbridge, Richard Crake, Elsie Burton, Amanda Bush, Laura Pierson, Aleisha Ferguson, Emma Jungherr, Amber Crake, Romina You-Lee, Chris Loveday, Oscar Shepherd, Tim Webb, Darren Tapp, Ryan Butler & Jeff Cottrell

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